The Victorian Farmers' Federation Egg Group has called out RSPCA Australia for misleading the public.
Material provided with the recent release of a report into bird welfare done by RSPCA Australia was heavily skewed against cages, completely misrepresenting the report itself.
“The effect is that they are painting a picture with half-truths while claiming they are being scientific,” VFF Egg Group President Brian Ahmed said.
“Hens can’t display all their natural behaviours in cages, but they also don’t suffer as much disease as cage-free hens and they have a more stable social structure, which reduces the risk of feather pecking. Hens in cages are also less likely to suffer heat stress, hypothermia or to be taken by predators.
“No system is perfect in terms of animal welfare outcomes; each must balance aspects of the five freedoms. It’s the farmer’s responsibility to look after the welfare of their hens no matter the farming system they use.”
“It is then up to consumers to decide which eggs they buy based on their needs, but they need all of the information to do so, not just the bits RSPCA Australia cherry picks for the media.”